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« on: April 29, 2006, 06:25:04 PM »

I Lunghi Giorni Della Vendetta (1966)
Long Days Of Vengeance
                                                       
Directed by:
Florestano Vancini   (as Stan Vance)
 
Written by:
Augusto Caminito   
Fernando Di Leo   
Mahnahén Velasco   

Cast
Giuliano Gemma ....  Ted Barnett
Francisco Rabal ....  Sheriff Douglas
Gabriella Giorgelli ....  Dulcie
Conrado San Martín ....  Mr. Cobb
Franco Cobianchi ....  General Porfirio
Nieves Navarro ....  Dolly
Manuel Muñiz ....  Pajarito

  Original Music by
Armando Trovajoli   
 
Cinematography by
Francisco Marín   

The memorable main theme of composer Armando Trovaioli’s sole Western score, a slow and stately trumpet soaring over acoustic guitar and rolling percussion,  kicks off 1966’s Long Days Of Vengeance.

As 2 prisoners carry out a daring escape from a harsh, brutal military prison....we get our first look at Ted Barnett......, who, as we discover later,  is serving his 3rd year of a sentence of 30 at hard labor...framed for the murder of an Army Colonel...as part of an elaborate plan involving & including the murder of his father....slave labor..gun running.. & the ownership & control of a railroad.

The story quotes quite clearly from it's inspiration .... "The Count of Monte Cristo". Gemma, as Barnett..looking very much like the imprisoned Edmond Dantes....plots revenge against those who betrayed him.
After making his escape, ...and a not your typical day at the barber shop...he manages to find some helpers for his plan to exact revenge...from a traveling medicine show..who are VERY aware of the $10,000 bounty now on his head.

The only Western directed by Florestano Vancini ........he makes use of a good plot...with definite  noirish elements-- fall guy out for revenge..  the shady former lover , here  played by  Nieves Navarro , as the femme fatale, who may have access to evidence implicating the conspirators............greed,  redemption and payback.
It's a good story...one could see it used in an 40's B&W potboiler...as well as a lean, mean 50s American Western..but here it gets the Spaghetti treatment. ...there's even  a bit of ninja fare thrown in..to good effect, I might add..as it plays into the final showdown..from which some will walk away unbowed, but none will walk away unbloodied.

Of course no Gemma film would be complete without the former stuntman's trademark athleticism.....he shows off his gymnast roots...but this is a slightly darker Gemma...the smile & the humor are there.....but also the grit of an avenger as one by one the conspirators are confronted......as evidenced  by the lengths to which he'll go as he attempts to set the sides up for a fall...and by what  he sets himself up for to carry out his plan.

A good supporting cast....which, untypically for most Italian Westerns, features 2 strong female supporting characters...the fetching Navarro....and a nice turn by Gabriella Giorgelli as the aptly named, sweet but feisty Dulcie...who proves equally adept w/ a guitar or rifle.

The catchy & varied score contains a variety of themes & influences...ranging from Morricone to Toots Thielman's harmonica soundtracks. The stunning main theme --> which can be heard here <--  appeared in Tarantino’s "Kill Bill", during the  “Origin of O-Ren Ishii” anime sequence.

An interesting story..well told.. badly dubbed... nicely filmed....a nice fit somewhere in the middle of anyone's SW collection.

Recommended.





 

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2006, 08:05:33 PM »

*spoiler*

Is the sheriff's badge flinging impressive?

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2006, 03:41:25 AM »

This movie sounds familiar to another  i've read about-does it have another title?

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2006, 03:44:27 AM »

This movie sounds familiar to another  i've read about-does it have another title?


It sounds Familiar because its like any other Giuliano Gemma spag. He gets out of prison and goes out revenging against the blokes who framed him.


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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2006, 03:52:18 AM »

Its not Man From Nowhere is it?

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2006, 03:59:00 AM »

Its not Man From Nowhere is it?

No, that is more like "Pistol for Ringo" I hear.


I think what you are thinking about is "California".

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2006, 04:19:26 AM »

I'll check it out in Hughes book later-i'm sure its in one of the Ringo chapters.

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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2006, 04:25:45 AM »

I'll check it out in Hughes book later-i'm sure its in one of the Ringo chapters.


Also I believe "Wanted" has a similar "prison escaping and then going out for revenge" type plot going for it.

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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2006, 04:27:33 AM »


Also I believe "Wanted" has a similar "prison escaping and then going out for revenge" type plot going for it.
Theres a few Gemma films(wasn't a fan before) that i'm looking to get hold off later this year!

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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2006, 04:32:26 AM »

(wasn't a fan before)

what changed your mind? "The pistol for ringo" copy Grin

yeah that is one of my favorites too.

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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2006, 05:34:34 AM »

That and the new Day Of Anger version.I like Price of Power too.

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2006, 07:32:47 AM »

This movie sounds familiar to another  i've read about-does it have another title?

Are you thinking specifically of another Gemma movie...banjo..or just another SW?
Oh..also--> "Man From Nowhere" is another name for "Arizona Colt"......Gemma does escape from prison..but it's not a "revenge" schtick.

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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2006, 07:39:34 AM »

Not really-theres so many sws that Gemma's in that it gets a bit confusing and quite often they have different titles.I've just sussed that Man From Nowhere is the other title for Arizona Colt.
Isn't there 3 from Gergio Ferrio-Wanted,Fort Yuma Gold and One Silver Dollar?
Theres a whole pile of Gemma Ringo derivatives mentioned in Hughes latest book that i'll have to jot down some sort of wanted list!

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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2006, 04:21:41 PM »

You might have been reading about this one under another name...banjo......there are at least 5 names for this movie...I think there are like...3 in English alone..including just "Days of Vengeance".

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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2006, 05:01:31 PM »

so BA how impressive was the scene I mentioned earlier?

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